4-H/FCS Response to K-12 Education Issues State Advisory Council February 10, 2009 K-12 Response North Carolina Cooperative Extension Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences Youth and Family Programs/Outreach Economic Opportunity Educational Excellence Health/Well-Being K-12 Response Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences 4-H Youth Development Program 4-H - 100 years in NC (2009) Evolution of Corn Growing and Tomato Canning Clubs Youth Member and Youth Serving Organization 239,000 4-H youth in North Carolina 24,000 4-H volunteers in North Carolina 101 4-H agents 150+ 4-H youth county professionals 35 faculty and staff on NCSU campus Five residential camping properties K-12 Response Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences Family & Consumer Sciences Program Evolution of Home Demonstration Clubs per Jane McKimmon (1911) 101 FCS county agents 10,000 ECA members/volunteers 35 faculty and staff on campus K-12 Response What are North Carolinians saying? NC Cooperative Extension 5-Year Environmental Scan - 2007 25,000 citizens participating in the survey process 9 major themes 5 themes highlighted: Youth and Families Health and Physical Activity Parenting and Life Skills Educational Achievement Workforce Development Civic Engagement K-12 Response What are North Carolinians saying? UNC Tomorrow Report 2,700 citizens attended 1,000 faculty, students and staff 6,700 on-line respondents 7 Major Themes Children and Their Future Teacher quantity and quality Science and math Teaching quality Graduate rate/drop-out issue Educational continuum (K-20) K-12 Response Chancellor Oblinger’s priorities Leadership Development Education Innovation Health and Wellness Economic Development Energy Innovation K-12 Response NC Cooperative Extension 4-H and FCS Delivery Methods - how we deliver Extension Professional delivered Guest lecturer or targeted program Teacher delivered School enrichment, after-school program Volunteer delivered Community-based clubs Mentoring/Coaching Teen delivered Teens Reaching Youth Camping Program delivered Technical Assistance K-12 Response NC Cooperative Extension 4-H and FCS Programs/Initiatives - what we deliver 4-H STEM Initiative Relevant science lessons to supplement Lessons and Curriculum Kits available Integrated into Standard Course of Study Research from the University Reducing time from discovery to application Train-the-Teacher training Volunteer-friendly Subject areas examples include: Plant science, animal science, environmental science, physics, engineering. K-12 Response NC Cooperative Extension 4-H and FCS Programs/Initiatives - what we deliver JUNTOS Para Una Mejor Educacion (Together for a Better Education) Builds on Latino Parent, Family Advocacy, Support Program (Durham County, 2001) Targets 6th through 12th graders to reduce drop-out rate for Latino youth, improve academic performance and promote interest in higher education. Moore County Pilot (87% family completion/0% drop-out) Significant increases in parental knowledge of high school graduation requirements and knowing where to get help. Significant increase in understanding access requirements and support for higher education. Significant increase in communication between teachers and parents. K-12 Response NC Cooperative Extension 4-H and FCS Programs/Initiatives - what we deliver High School Graduation Project 4-H history in project-based learning 4-H projects provide an opportunity for youth to determine an area of interest, conduct research, prepare and present their research findings. County 4-H professionals working with teachers to assist youth in project identification, design and presentation. Builds on the strengths of 4-H and provides youth an opportunity to showcase their work through 4-H presentation program. K-12 Response NC Cooperative Extension 4-H and FCS Programs/Initiatives - what we deliver Bertie County Agriscience High School Collaboration between NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Science, NC New Schools Project and Bertie County Schools Building on the natural resource and economic assets of the region Early College Model (five year program that would provide high school graduation and 2 years of college completed). Increasing interest from economic development, private business, educational partners and agribusiness community. K-12 Response NC Cooperative Extension 4-H and FCS Programs/Initiatives - what we deliver 4-H Youth Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy 2007 - 10,434 youth started their own business enterprise Focused on helping youth to understand that it is not only about getting a good job; it could be about starting a business. Focused helping youth design business plans and developing a sustainable business. Partnering with DPI and NC Rural Center Financial Literacy National Endowment on Financial Education Partnership with ROTC, DPI and State Employee’s Credit Union K-12 Response NC Cooperative Extension 4-H and FCS Programs/Initiatives - what we deliver Health/Nutrition Programs EFNEP - Expanded Food & Nutrition Program 43 counties in North Carolina Limited resource youth (9,500/year) and families (4,600/year) SNAP-ED - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 31 counties in North Carolina 3rd grade audience - 2,500/year K-12 Response NC Cooperative Extension 4-H and FCS Programs/Initiatives - what we deliver Gates County Planning Process Pilot Requested by School Superintendent and County Extension Director. Recognized need to develop a comprehensive plan that engaged the community to address the drop-out challenge. Conducted pilot process with campus faculty. Implementing plan and developing benchmarks for tracking success of the plan. Focusing on building upon the strengths/assets of the community. K-12 Response NC Cooperative Extension 4-H and FCS Programs/Initiatives - what we deliver 4-H Operation Military Kids (4-H OMK) Support over 123,000 active duty, reserve and guard troops in North Carolina. Provide mentoring and educational support. Offer summer camping programs. 4-H programs and opportunities to assist with the family challenges faced from youth of deployed parents. HERO Packs for students - school supplies Training for teachers and counselors that are impacted by this issue in their school. K-12 Response NC Cooperative Extension 4-H and FCS Programs/Initiatives - what we deliver Community Engagement and Volunteer Administration 4-H Volunteers engaged in support of education Extension Community Association (ECA) Parenting Education Attendance, Achievement and Literacy of the School System Parents as Teachers Grandparents as Parents K-12 Education NC Cooperative Extension 4-H and FCS Programs/Initiatives - what we deliver Planning Outdoor Playground Environments Development of an instructional and evaluation guide for developing playground environments that are safe and educational. Preschool Outdoor Environment Measurement Scale www.poemsnc.org K-12 Response NC Cooperative Extension 4-H and FCS Programs/Initiatives - what we deliver Camping Education Programs Special interest topics: GPS, Team-building, Astronomy, Environmental, Health and Fitness , Wildlife Management, Conservation, One-Day or Multiple-Day Experiences Trained staff on site Accredited by the American Camp Association K-12 Response Summary We offer: Statewide Network - professionals and volunteers. Professional Expertise - youth and family issues. Connection to two Land-Grant Universities NC State University NC A&T State University Historical record of creating change in local communities. We welcome: Opportunities to partner and collaborate with you for our children, youth, families and communities.
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